Indiana Birds Checklist
The species list downloadable from this page identifies those bird species that are commonly observed in
Indiana. Names and order listings are in accord with the 7th American Ornithologists Union Check-list. An asterisk indicates breeding species that are State endangered, threatened, or of special concern.
Indiana, with an area of 36,414 square miles, extends north from the banks of the Ohio River to the shores of Lake Michigan. Three physiographic regions occur: 1) the Great Lakes Plain, 2) the Central Till Plain, and 3) the Southern Interior Low Hills and Plateaus.
A variety of habitats occur, including temperate deciduous and pine forests, riparian forests, wetlands, lakes, grasslands, oldfields, prairie and agricultural land. For this reason, species common in some regions will be absent from others. Communities of birds found along the shores of Lake Michigan will be much different than those found in a central woodland.
As field observations continue to accumulate, the species list and relative abundance codes may be revised. A recent addition to this list is the Euarasian Collared-Dove, and exotic species that is currently extending its range from Florida across North America, and made its first appearances in Indiana in the late 1990’s.